The Ministry of Health has established an ambitious target of reaching out to 20,000 persons to be tested for HIV/AIDS on the National Day of Testing, which will be held countrywide on November 14th.
On this day, the Health Ministry will get popular artistes in Guyana to take HIV tests in order to promote the issue in the country.
At a press conference held on Saturday, Minister of Health, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, said that a total of 310 testing sites have been established across the country. He reiterated that these sites are appropriate for testing, as there is guaranteed confidentiality.
Some new sites established include the City Mall, all of the outlets of Scotia Bank and Republic Bank.
Due to the numerous requests from city workers, the Abattoir has been added as a testing site, while the Seventh Day Adventist Church would have their mobile clinic around Regent Street and in the Diamond Housing Scheme.
“Every Councilor and tester that were previously certified are being upgraded at this time in participation of National Day of Testing…we are upgrading their skills continuously,” the Health Minister said.
For this year, Guyana has joined the ‘Testing Millions’ campaign, as National Day of Testing has become part of a global campaign which is internationally recognised.
“This year, a number of international evaluators will be in Guyana because the Guyana National Day of Testing has now become recognised as a best practice in the world.”
Each year so far, the Health Ministry has exceeded its target which was established to get persons tested for the deadly virus.
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